Posts Tagged ‘ftc’

Big Skate: Skateboard Trade Group Attacks Supervisor John Avalos Over His Concerns re: Mountain Dew Tour

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hey, remember that whole sit / lie deal in Haight Ashbury? Well, the people behind the sit lie initiative are the same people behind the “San Francisco Skateboarding Association” and this new press release.

Enjoy:

“Skateboard Group Condemns Supervisor for Criticism of Free Civic Center Event

The San Francisco Skateboarding Association had strong words for a San Francisco Supervisor critical of the skateboard and BMX contest held in the Civic Center Plaza this weekend. The event is free and open to the public.

“By publicly condemning the Mountain Dew Tour in their inaugural year in SF, Supervisor John Avalos continued a practice perfected by our parents’ generation of elected leaders: bash skateboarders and deny us access to public spaces in San Francisco,” said Bryan Hornbeck, President of the SF Skateboard Association.

In the mid-80’s San Francisco became the birthplace of a worldwide phenomenon known as “streetstyle” skateboarding, where skaters utilize man made structures to express themselves* in ways no architect ever imagined. The Dew Tour brings professional athletes from around the world to compete in a world-class skatepark. Local riders also get to participate. On Sunday, the skatepark will be open to the public for a community skate session.

San Francisco is also home to Thrasher Magazine, an internationally recognized skateboard publication and several high profile skateboard companies and retail establishments. The Dew Tour at Civic Center is seen as an economic boon to the San Francisco skateboard industry that employs hundreds of people, mostly under the age of 30.

“To us, this is the Super Bowl of skateboarding. Our store has seen a huge amount of traffic for the past two weeks because of the Dew Tour. This helps our business, which in turn helps our employees. Maybe Supervisor Avalos is upset that they took away his parking space in front of City Hall, but it’s a small price to pay for promoting our industry to the world,” said Kent Uyehara, owner of FTC Skateboard Shop on Haight St.

Organizers of the event say that thousands of hotel rooms have been booked for the participants and their families and that the event is being streamed and broadcast on network television to millions worldwide.

The S.F.S.A. seeks to advocate for skateboarders of San Francisco through organized representation and community action. The S.F.S.A. wants to improve the public’s perception of skateboarders through education, information distribution and community outreach with a focus on the creation of public skateboard parks for the youth of our great city. http://sfskateboarding.wordpress.com/”

OK fine.

Oh, what’t this, Central Freeway skate park? Rly? Hey, what about a Central Subway skate park – I’d like to see that.

*Now I’ll tell you, I don’t know if the BOMA people would approve of this…

Beverage Update: Say Good-Bye to Those Fruity Forties, Those Ubiquitous 23.5-Ounce Cans of Four-Loko

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The upshot of last week’s big news is that the FTC wants you all to treat 4-Loko as something you’d be pouring into cups to share instead of you bogarting a huge can just for yourself.

These cans, which actually have more alcohol than a forty, aren’t resealable, so they’re destined for Hell:

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All the deets:

“FTC Requires Packaging Changes for Fruit-Flavored Four Loko Malt Beverage - Marketer of Supersized, High-Alcohol Beverage Agrees to Stop Allegedly Deceptive Claims to Settle FTC Charges

The marketers of Four Loko have agreed to re-label and repackage the supersized, high-alcohol, fruit-flavored, carbonated malt beverage, to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising.

The FTC alleges that Phusion Projects, LLC and its principals falsely claimed that a 23.5-ounce, 11 or 12 percent alcohol by volume can of Four Loko contains alcohol equivalent to one or two regular 12-ounce beers, and that a consumer could drink one can safely in its entirety on a single occasion.

In fact, according to the FTC, one can of Four Loko contains as much alcohol as four to five 12-ounce cans of regular beer and is not safe to drink on a single occasion. Consuming a single can of Four Loko on a single occasion constitutes “binge drinking,” which is defined by health officials as men drinking five (and women drinking four) or more standard alcoholic drinks in about two hours.

“Deception about alcohol content is dangerous to consumers, and it’s a serious concern for the FTC,” said David Vladeck, Director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Four Loko contains as much alcohol as four or five beers, but it is marketed as a single-serving beverage.”

The 23.5-ounce Four Loko cans are the size of about two regular beer cans and are non-resealable. The FTC complaint alleged that on one company website, consumers were encouraged to enter a “photo contest” in which they posted many photos of people drinking directly from the 23.5-ounce Four Loko cans. In stocking instructions, Phusion urged merchants to place the cans where other refrigerated, single-serve alcoholic beverages are displayed.

The administrative settlement requires Phusion Projects to include disclosures on containers of Four Loko, or any other flavored malt beverage containing more alcohol than two and-a-half regular beers, stating how much alcohol – compared to the amount of alcohol found in regular beer – is in the drink. The order also specifies the location and appearance of the disclosure. For example, the disclosure for a 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko with 12 percent alcohol by volume would state: “This can has as much alcohol as 4.5 regular (12 oz. 5% alc/vol) beers.”

Starting six months after the settlement takes effect, Phusion Projects is required to use only resealable containers for flavored malt beverages that have more alcohol than the equivalent of two and a half regular beers.

Also, the settlement bars Phusion Projects from misrepresenting the alcohol content of any beverage, and from depicting people drinking directly from the container of any product containing more alcohol than that found in two and a half regular beers.”

Ever more deets after the jump.

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Costco Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Conan O’Brien Cookies – The Resemblance is Amazing

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Now, don’t tell the FTC or nothing, but I’m like the official blogger of Costco in the Bay Area, almost. You see, I promote their awesome products and in exchange I get anything I want at wholesale, well, almost wholesale, it’s like their cost plus 14% or something. Isn’t that schweet!

Like these O’Brien Cookies, for instance:

The resemblance is amazing, non?

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2011!

Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update: The Reverend Billy at 1:00 PM Today – Praveen Madan’s Viewpoint – FTC’s Backyard

Monday, October 25th, 2010

First up comes the Reverend Billy, who plans to “exorcise” Proposition L today en La Mission. (Now, “Wheezy” wants me back at the Help Center so I can’t go, but this event should prove amusing.) Deets after the jump.

Next up, comes The BookSmith‘s Praveen Madan, who doesn’t like the sit / lie.

And here’s Scott James, who points out that “Without Cash, Sit/Lie Won’t Share Santa Cruz Program’s Success.”

And finally, let’s a take a look at a pro-Prop L rally from a while ago – it was held at FTC Skate Boarding, a close of neighbor of the aforementioned BookSmith book sto’.

This was the scene on Haight Street, with these people voicing opposition to L:

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And here’s FTC owner Kent Uyehara a few door down, talking about why he’s supporting Civil Sidewalks, with SFPD Police Chief George Gascon in the background there:

Now I can’t tell you all the shenanigans planned for this rally by some of the anti-L people because I don’t know all the deets, but nothing occurred because FTC’s secured and ginormous backyard was the venue. See? Look, Michela Alioto-Pier was there:

And here’s Paul Henderson, of the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris:

And speaking of District 2, candidate for Supervisor Mark Farrell was on the scene as well:

You get to this private backyard via a tunnel between two buildings on  Haight Street – it’s amazing. (Come the Revolution, this thing will become Peoples Park West, no doubt.) Note old-school bathtub:

And, oh, here’s District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu carrying water for Civil Sidewalks in the Middle / “Outer” Sunset (The Midset!) on Irving in the rain yesterday:

So that’s your Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update.

The Rev. Billy, and more from Carmen, after the jump

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Civil Sidewalks (aka Sit Lie Law) Update: Kick Off Rally in Haight Ashbury This Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Say what you will about the Civil Sidewalks people, but, no matter, you can’t say that they are afraid to enter the Fortress of Reaction, the Belly of the Beast. ‘Cause they’re going to Bring It to the Upper Haight this Saturday morning.

You know, everybody will be there, starting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and SFPD Chief George Gascon, starting at 10:00 AM

Get all the deets from the BOMA, below.

Haight Street on any given Saturday:

 

Ashbury Street on free Ben & Jerry’s day:

The deets:

UPDATE: Civil Sidewalks | Campaign Kick-Off Rally on October 9, 2010

UPDATE – As of October 4, 2010

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Police George Gascon at a Civil Sidewalks campaign kick-off rally on Haight Street this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Mayor will be there to meet you and thank you for your support and commitment to restoring civility to our sidewalks. Please join us and be sure to bring your family and friends!

Civil Sidewalks Campaign Kick-Off Rally with
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascón
October 9th @ 10:00 am
FTC, 1632 Haight Street

This is a family-friendly event – there will be fun activities planned for all attending children!

This rally will send a strong message that San Franciscans are serious about creating safe, civil sidewalks for residents and businesses across the City.

Please take a moment to watch the video above ( click here to view the video on YouTube if you can’t see it) of community leaders in support of the Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M effort. 
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The time has come to rally around the most important issue facing San Francisco’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors; Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M, the “poison pill.” ‘

Who wants Civil Sidewalks?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascon
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Carmen Chu

900 + small businesses
1,000 + SF residents
& over 25 merchant and neighborhood associations
Proposition L will ensure public sidewalks are accessible for everyone, and that all San Franciscans can enjoy the public right-of-way without fear of harassment. This is a commonsense law that is being used with success in 60 other U.S. cities including Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.
Proposition M is a political ploy by the Board of Supervisors intended to kill Measure L with a “poison pill.” Prop M neither changes deployment of foot patrols nor resources; this Measure puts politics ahead of your public safety.
If Yes on Prop L/No on Prop M is not successful in November, it is highly unlikely that we will have the opportunity to address this problem for decades. This is why we need YOUR help. Do you have two hours to give between now and Election Day?
PLEASE, take a moment and imagine how tremendously our city would benefit from passage of this law, and if two hours of your time is worth seeing that change through.

Pro Sit-Lie Law (aka Civil Sidewalks) Video Hits YouTube – George Gascon Says, “Yes on L, No on M”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Well, here’s a punchy three minutes from the “Yes on L, No on M people (aka the “sit-lie” people and the “Civil Sidewalks” people.)

Note the chickens mentioned at 0:24 - you can’t miss it, and oh, Jay Barman has the transcript. (Also note the confirmed NIMBYs, a far greater danger than poultry, throughout.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Harvard Law Review Pwns Federal Trade Commission’s New Blogger Guidelines

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The Harvard Law Review has just said, “How About No” to the FTC’s overbroad blogger guidelines. Check it:

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revised their Endorsement and Testimonial Guides (Guides) to cover “consumer generated media” such as blogs and other internet media forms. In the interest of providing consumers with full disclosure, the Guides require bloggers to disclose any “material connection[s]” they have with producers of any products that they “endorse” on their blogs. A “material connection” includes not only monetary compensation, but also any free good received by the blogger — even if that good was provided unsolicited, with no conditions attached, for the purpose of allowing the blogger to review the product.

Yet a constitutional analysis of unpaid blogger endorsements shows that such endorsements are not commercial speech — which receives reduced constitutional protection — but rather noncommercial speech entitled to full First Amendment protection. Not only do the Guides burden bloggers’ protected speech, they also create an unfair double standard by exempting legacy media from the Guides’ disclosure requirements. Therefore, the Guides should be ruled unconstitutional as applied to bloggers.

O.K. then.

Wonder when they’ll take down these smarmy videos

New Fling Chocolate Bar Tastes Surprisingly Good. Plus, It Cures Eczema

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Not too long ago Mars, Incorporated introduced a new “women’s candy bar” with an interesting, somewhat patronizing marketing campaign - read all about it here in a post from January 2009. But now that Fling’s available in stores, you can try it for yourself. And guess what, I’ve tried it myself, but I’ve got to be careful what I say because the United States Federal Trade Commission is working on new rules that would hold bloggers liable for the statements they make about products. Oh noes! This is no April Fools joke – it was written up on CBS5 Eye on Blogs, so it must be true.

Now it just so happens that a few weeks back, Mars, Inc. sent a dump truck full of Fling Bars over here and filled up three of my spare garbage cans (yes I put new liners in first) full of these Twix-like ”chocolate fingers.” Wow. First of all, they’re surprisingly good – lightweight and a little pricey for what you get but very tasty. Second of all, these Fling bars cure the skin disease excema! Cleared it right up – it was all gone by April 1st, can you believe it?!?

Mmmmmm…..fingers. Nothing wrong with the hazelnut version. Dee-lish:

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So, leave no doubt, I endorse Fling chocolate bars because they taste great (as well they should since they’re six times smaller than a regular chocobar) and also because they cure excema.

I must say, this encounter with viral marketing worked out much better than last time, when those phonies at Butler, Shine & Stern up in Marin County pulled their fake giant Indiana Jones Lego ball routine. Now let’s all hope I don’t get sued by the FTC.

I’ll keep you all posted!

Advertisers in the US are bracing themselves for regulatory changes that they fear will curtail their efforts to tap into the fast-growing online social media phenomenon.

Revised guidelines on endorsements and testimonials by the Federal Trade Commission, now under review and expected to be adopted, would hold companies liable for untruthful statements made by bloggers and users of social networking sites who receive samples of their products.

 

The guidelines would also hold bloggers liable for the statements they make about products.

 

If a blogger received a free sample of skin lotion and then incorrectly claimed the product cured eczema, the FTC could sue the company for making false or unsubstantiated statements. The blogger could be sued for making false representations.

 

“This impacts every industry and almost every single brand in our economy, and that trickles down into social media,” said Anthony DiResta, an attorney representing several advertising associations.

 

Advertisers have significantly increased spending on social media and word-of-mouth campaigns, even during the recession. Through blogs and services such as Facebook and Twitter, companies are able to communicate more directly with consumers. Spending on social media marketing reached $1.35bn in 2007 and is expected to reach $3.7bn by 2011, according to the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.”